Michael Birch, Xochi Birch, 2005

Thanks to the Internet we know how to build a four-mast vessel from scratch, and anyone can connect to anyone. Launched in 2005, Bebo became one of the most popular social networking sites, connecting millions of subscribers with each other. Michael Birch and his wife Xochi Birch founded Bebo at their home in San Francisco. Users receive a personal profile page – which is private by default – where they can post blogs, pictures, videos, music, and so on. AOL bought Bebo in 2008 for $850 million. Surely they celebrated with an oversized bottle of champagne at the Birch residence, wouldn’t you agree?